THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-AWARD WINNING GOG RADIO IS BACK

THE PINEHURST PINE CONE one of the best beverage carts in America, will move to other places around the Pinehurst Resort his fall. The new Cradle Bar will replace it this fall. To learn more about Pinehurst, the home of American golf, go visit Pinehurst.com.   _____________________________________________________________________

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO RETURNS this Saturday with a tee time at 4 Pm on Am 820 WCPT Chicago. (L to R) Rory Spears-Ed Stevenson, and Bill Berger.

Chicago’s longest running and only award winning golf show is back on the airwaves this Saturday on WCPT-AM 820.

Illinois PGA member Ed Stevenson, PGA Life member and former PGA Tour player Bill Berger, and long time Chicago golf and team sports media member Rory Spears return for the shows 31st season.

But FOR NOW there is a new tee time of 4 Pm, with the show putting out at 5 pm. So you the golfer will have live commentary while the PGA Tour, PGA Champions Tour, The Korn Ferry Tour and the LPGA Tour and the years major championships are on the air.

To round out the staff, 52 year veteran golf writer, 2019 Illinois Golf Hall of Fame inductee and the Daily Herald golf columnist Len Ziehm returns again this year, as weekly contributor and fill-in show host. Ziehm can still be heard weekly on the Ziehm & Spears podcast series.

Illinois Golf 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee Len Ziehm returns for another season on Golfers on Golf Radio.

Golfers on Golf had hoped to return on April 3rd, but would have to do so on our sister station WNDZ-AM 750.

So we decided to start in one place on April 17th, and stay there for the season, however long that might be in 2021.

Because over the course of the summer and beyond, there will be plenty to talk about. So stay with us at Golfers on Golf. There will be more about the return of one of America’s Top 3 rated golf radio shows in America. All this week on this site and social media pages.

The Arnold Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove.

THIS JUST IN. As of NOW there will be no spectators allowed in to ‘The Arnold Palmer Cup’ on June 11-12-13. The matches will be held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove.

Two weeks ago 10,300 fans were allowed into Wrigley Field for the season opener in April. But it appears that Kane County is scared to let anyone into a sporting event come mid-June.

What’s up with this ? This situation needs to be revisited before long. Because it would be nice to get a few thousand fans into The Arnold Palmer Cup all three days in June. The Korn Ferry Tour and the Western Golf Association (WGA) is allowing spectators into the Glen Club. As the Evans Scholars Invitational (ESI) returns to Glenview at the end of May.

PITCH FIX a leader in golf repair tools, and other golf products. Today announced the launch of a new website. www.pitchfix.com.

TITLEIST has released several new clubs in the last 30 days. So check out our recent features on everything Titleist in the posts below. The Gog Blog returns tomorrow. RS

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-NEWS COLUMN

THE MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB on Renwick Road in Romeoville is holding a pick you pin scramble this weekend. Sign up today as the event is almost full. For more details call the Mistwood Pro Shop at (815)-254-3333 or visit Mistwoodgc.com. #McWethys       _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn or Instagram.

THIS WEEKS EDITION of the Sunday Morning Short Game-News Column, is a look at several new products that are just now on the market by the Titleist Golf Company.

The Titleist TSi4 Driver

TITLIEST has created yet another new driver, with the addition of the new TSi4 low spin but with advanced speed and better distance.

Because of what this driver brings to the tee box, three Titleist staff players Adam Scott, Russell Henley and Richy Werenski have added this driver into their golf bag.

“The TSi4 fulfills the ultra-low spin product within our TSi lineup,” said Stephanie Luttrell, Director of Titleist Metalwood Development. “For those players that need aggressive spin reduction to improve their distance, we now have that product in the TSi lineup.”

The (CG) on this driver is the lowest in the TSi family. It comes with the new ATI 425 Aerospace Titanium face construction never before used in golf. So Titleist is touting this driver as the straightest-best looking, and best sounding Titleist driver ever made.

TSi4 is available in lofts of 8.0-9.0-10.0/LH 9.0. There are multiple shaft options, with a featured Golf Pride Grip. The TSi4 driver is now available with a MAP of $549.00.

The TSI1 metals line.

TSi1 Metals were created to build on the success of the Titleist TSi2 and TSi3 metals.

But TSi1 family metals are made for those golfers with moderate (less than 90 mph) swing speed.

Because this swing speed says Titliest represents 30% of all golfers.

The TSi1 metals are now available in pro shops and golf shops everywhere. So you want lightweight ? How about a driver that at 460cc is nearly 40g lighter than most standard drivers. But like the TSi drivers, the TSi1 metal driver comes with the new ATI 425 Aerospace Titanium Face.

Luttrell says,” this product takes Titleist speed to another level to another level for the moderate speed player. Golfers will enjoy greater consistency and maximizing their club speed.”

The TSi1 fairway metals are a true lightweight set-up-almost 50 grams lighter than standard fairway metals. So to make the club lighter, 10 grams of weight was taken out of the clubhead. TSi1 features an Aldila Ascent lightweight shaft 40g, and offers a lightweight Golf Pride grip.

So for more information on lofts and pricing (drivers $549.00 and fairway metals $299.00) see Titleist.com

TSi2 and TSi3 Hybrids

THE ADDITION of TSi Hybrids brings a new standard to the Hybrid game.

Because Titleist promotes hybrids as a scoring club, not a rescue club. But the new TSi hybrids are engineered for golfers, looking to change out long irons from their bag.

So the new TSi2 and TSi3 hybrids come with new looks and playing options.

Because Tsi2 is a forgiving ‘workhorse’ that provides a high launch and should be a favorite choice for players who like the look of a fairway metal. They offer a mid-launch with precise distance, and iron-like control.

The options on these two hybrid designs, built with input from the Titleist pro staff set them apart, while being able to adjust these clubs is something many golfers will appreciate.

The TSi2 and TSi3 hybrids are now available in golf shops worldwide at a MAP of $279.00. But see Titleist.com for more information on grips and shaft options.

VOKEY SM8 Wedges Blue Slate.

NOT TO BE left out of this run of Titleist products, are the Vokey SM8 wedges.

Ultra Premium-Slate Blue.

“A player has to love their wedge when they look down at it,” said master wedge designer Bob Vokey. Vokey wedges make up almost half of all wedges played on the PGA Tour. Vokey says that finishes might look great. But don’t often last long with consistent use. But Vokey says the new Slate Blue will last through normal course of play.

The other finishes available in Tour Chrome, Brushed Steel, Raw and Jet Black finishes. You can now purchase SM8 with Blue Slate as of March 19th. Cost is $199.00, True Temper Shafts Dynamic Shafts Gold S200, come with a variety of grip options. So you want more, yes custom stamping is available. For more information see Vokey.com or Titleist.com

THE GOG BLOG returns tomorrow. RS

TITLEIST ADDS NEW SCOTTY CAMERON PHANTOM X PUTTERS

THE FRENCH LICK RESORT has reopened all three of it’s golf courses for 2021. So book your tee time and overnight stay at FrenchLick.com Sr. LPGA now August 23-29.    _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn or Instagram.

THE NEW SCOTTY CAMERON 2021 Phantom X Putters.

SCOTTY CAMERON has added to it’s line of Phantom Putters, with new editions for 2021.

So while the Phantom X 5 and X 5.5 will replace the current options available. The new Phantom X 11 and and X 11.5 models, with wingback mallets – will add new options that are engineered for performance.

Both options are now available for purchase in golf shops around the world.

All four of the putters come with a solid stainless steel face, and bodies with shapes and neck configurations.

The 2021 Scotty Cameron Phantom 5

“Working with our games best players gives me the perspective   into what they are looking for in a mallet putter. From the types of metals used to subtle changes in shaft, these new Phantom X models offer a brand new, highly requested options that build on our most popular models from 2020. I’ve had so many people asking for a putter like Justin Thomas’ gamer-and the Phantom X 5.5 is my direct answer. It has a solid 303 stainless steel face and body with aluminum in the sole and a small slant or ‘jet’ neck for more tole flow.”

“For less toe flow, we have the Phantom X 5 with a single bend shaft. With the Phantom X 11 or X 11.5, I was able to design a more compact wingback mallet with a stainless steel face in conjunction with a 6061 aircraft aluminum for a look and that just performs while being very stable and forgiving. This line extension adds for new options that will most definitely pique the interest of mallet players,” said Scott Cameron Master Putter Designer.”

Because the Phantom X 5 goes beyond an upgrade. Scotty completely did a redesign on the new X 5. This redone mid-mallet will bring in comparisons to past Futura models.

But the Phantom X 5.5 is inspired by the Justin Thomas’ tour setup, the new Phantom X 5.5 replaces it’s predecessor and includes a small slant neck inspired by JT’s upgrades to the putter.

Phantom X 11 has comparisons with the wingback Phantom X 12 and the new Phantom X 5. But it provides newer options in a compact, performance mallet. But this edition of the Phantom line adds darker visual alignment cures at address.

Phantom X 11.5 is identical to the X 11. But it’s shaft configurations are different. Because the low-bend shaft enhances tow-flow. This model has swept-back trimmed wings, and a clean topline. Now available at a MAP cost of $429.00. For more information see Titleist.com or Scottycameron.com/2021-phantom.x

THE WINTER-SPRING UPDATE FROM ARCHITECT GREG MARTIN

SAVE THE DATE-Wednesday August 11th, it’s the 2021 Links Technology Golf Outing at the Schaumburg Golf Club, benefitting the Schaumburg Park Foundation in it’s 40th year of supporting recreation and leisure opportunities in the community. Because this outing sells out quickly, you should sign up quickly for this day of golf. But is followed by prize drawings & steak dinner at Chandlers Chophouse. To register call (847)-885-9000. ______________________________________________________________________

Architect Greg Martin walks a restored green at the Park Ridge Country Club in fall of 2020.

BATAVIA BASED ARCHITECT GREG MARTIN, has been busy the last several years, and 2021 will be no different.

Because Martin has had a great run in restoring Chicago area golf courses, and gets his clients the most bang for the buck. Which is key when in many cases you working with public money in terms of tax payer dollars.

But one of Martin’s recent projects was a private club. The Park Ridge Country Club needed upgrades in time for this summers Women’s Western Golf Association’s (WWGA) Amateur Championship. Because of the pandemic, Park Ridge was able to take advantage of the shutdown, and get a head start on the project. As a result it’s now ready for the WWGA Championship. Martin Design also has done restoration work at the Aurora Country Club, that will host this summer’s WWGA Girls Junior Championship.

The 11th green at Park Ridge Country Club. Photo courtesy of Martin Design.

At Park Ridge Country Club there was a list of improvements needed, to make the course championship ready. But also for better day-to-day play for it’s members and guests.

Creating a refreshed playing strategy for the golf course, in conjunction with infrastructure improvements, such as bunkers, drainage, minor grading, and some green and tee expansions.

“There was a number of items on the clubs wish list. Including bunker maintenance, downsizing, relevance, playability and bunker recovery after a rain event,” said Martin. “These were 20-year-old bunkers with flat bottoms and steep grassed faces with unmaintainable and unplayable slopes. There were some very interesting architectural characteristics and other that were ill-fitting. So the intent was to consolidate, realign and regrade the bunkers and other nearby features to soften the edges. But to take advantage of landscape characteristics and more the golf course more playable without removing it’s teeth.”

The 18th hole at Park Ridge Country Club.

Martin added,” the golf course was refreshed and invigorated. For most of the membership, there will be places to play away from the hazards, but the course will hold up against better players. Hazards will be more visible and less arbitrary. But drainage systems have been simplified to allow for a more rapid recovery after heavy rains.”

Wadsworth Construction completed the work on time and on budget, at this historic Herbert Tweedie design.

Chris Clark, the Green Chairman for Park Ridge said, “the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The membership has been energized and engaged throughout the process. The visual effects, the layering of the bunkers, and the playability have been enhanced tremendously.”

Park Ridge Country Club, founded in 1906.

But Clark went on to add,” our goal was to ensure that Park Ridge Country Club remains one of the finest golf experiences in the area. In these uncertain times, it is critical to have a top-notch golf facility. You will be glad to know PRCC currently has a waitlist, and membership that is very strong. That’s due in large part to our crown jewel: our renovated golf course.”

“The visual and strategic impact of the renovation is outstanding and the golf at Park Ridge is now the best it’s ever been,” said Joel Purpur Park Ridge Country Club’s golf superintendent.”

SETTLERS HILL GOLF COURSE in Batavia is undergoing a full renovation in 2021 by Greg Martin. The course is closed in 2021 and will reopen in mid-summer of 2022. (R) The re-shaping of the first hole.

By fall of 2020, Martin had completed the design of the new four-hole short course/Youth Links, with holes from 50 to 110 yards. But this includes a central based hitting area that offers hitting to all the greens during instruction.

A new practice range comprising 36,000 sf. of natural grass teeing area, with multiple targets has been shaped in. Tree clearing to help with improvements on various holes. Which paves the way for the installation of the new pump house.

“The golfers of Kane County should be very excited,” said Martin. “Because this landscape is so dynamic. Tailoring the feature development to the scale of the property is vital. I am excited to see how these improvements are coming together.

Martin announced upcoming improvements to both Naperville Park District courses Springbrook and Naperbrook. So both courses will be open for play for all of the 2021 golf season. But some work will begin this fall.

GREG MARTIN is a past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA). His work at both Phillips Park in Aurora, and the Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison, have received national awards form various associations and national golf publications.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect with him on LinkedIn or Instagram.

ZIEHM AND SPEARS PODCAST SERIES 2021-VOLUME 11

A NEW DAY IS RISING at the French Lick Resort in French Lick Indiana. So when it’s time to travel-travel back to the French Lick Resort. Play and stay’s at FrenchLick.com.  _____________________________________________________________________

Len Ziehm and Rory Spears in the PGA Village studio’s in Port St. Lucie Florida.

ZIEHM & SPEARS Podcast Series 2021-Volume 11.

Len and Rory discuss the Masters Tournament and some of the major players in the field, and how their week is going.

But there is talk about our Chicago area players, Nick Hardy on the Korn Ferry Tour and Doug Ghim on PGA Tour.

NCAA college golf is back, plus one former University of Illinois player is headed back to his home state of Indiana. But speaking of Indiana, golf has restarted at the French Lick Resort. The Senior LPGA Championship is back at the end of August on the Pete Dye Course.

But there is even more from Indiana, because a new Pete Dye Golf Course is opening in Zionsville Indiana. So be on the look out for Holliday Farms Golf Club.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR ZIEHM & SPEARS Podcast series 2021-Volume 11.

LEN & RORY discuss the Par 3 Cradle Course at Pinehurst and the new on course bar coming this fall. So thanks for listening. Len and Rory.

THE CRADLE AT PINEHURST-GETS NEW ON COURSE BAR

THE MANOR INN of Pinehurst. Remodeled, Redone, Ready for you. Arnie loved the Inn, you will too. Walking distance from the Pinehurst Brew-Pub. Visit Pinehurst.com       _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and connect on LinkedIn or Instagram. Photo by Jack Bickart.

IT’S BEEN NAMED one of the best par-3 golf courses in America.

So why make it better ?

Because they can, and the demand from golfers to play and stay, for hours out on the Cradle at Pinehurst is creating a need for even better options on the golf course.

Credit the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst North Carolina, the home of American golf, for taking the concept of par-3 golf to the next level.

A look at the new Cradle bar

Designer Gil Hanse made the most of the land he had to work with, which really wasn’t much.

So what Hanse accomplished in just over 3 acres is amazing. Because the Cradle has become one of the hot spots of Pinehurst.

The Cradle has become a home for golfers of ages, and skill levels. But since Pinehurst has offered an all-day rate to play the Cradle. Golfers have spent hours on the course just having fun.

The famed Pinecone-Pinehurst’s unique beverage cart.

But while the ‘Pinecone’ one of the most unique beverage carts in golf, was keeping golfers hydrated, and offered some munchies. Pinehurst has decided to expand those options.

Because the new ‘Cradle Bar’ will offer not just food and drink, but restrooms that were lacking on the course.

So the good news is that, while the Cradle Bar that will open this fall (official date TBD) the Pinecone will not go away, but it will get strategically moved around the resort where needed.

So learn more about a Pinehurst Resort stay and play at Pinehurst.com.

BEN HOGAN LAUNCHES IT’S NEW EDGE EX IRONS

LBA GOLF PUTTER a green week edition. Limited quantities available. LABGolf.com THE MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB has a Pick-Your-Pin scramble April 17th. So get signed up today because limited spots remain. Call (815)-254-3333 or see MistwoodGC.com.    ______________________________________________________________________THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy connect on LinkedIn/Instagram RoryGolf18

THE NEW BEN HOGAN Edge Ex-Irons

BEN HOGAN GOLF of Fort Worth Texas, has introduced it’s new line of irons the Edge-EX.

This new iron line was created for the mid-handicap level players, that are looking to improve their game to a level of their maximum potential.

So the return of this style of club, first created by Ben Hogan Golf in the 1980’s provides a combination of feel and forgiveness.

BEN HOGAN IRONS helping amateurs be the best they can be. BenHoganGolf.com

The new Edge EX irons were designed from the ground up to be easy-to-hit. But the BHG company is expecting a new group within the golf market to take aim with the brand.

Because in the past, non-competitive golfers thought the Hogan brand was for only for accomplished golfers.

But that is not the case.

“Ben Hogan golf equipment has long been used by some of the best players in the world,” said Scott White President and CEO of Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “But some golfers who play the game just for fun or for a few bucks in friendly games felt that our products weren’t for them. So we continue to try to educate golfers that forged clubs are not reserved for only the best players in the game. In fact, quite the contrary. Edge EX irons will offer average golfers the playability, forgiveness and feel that Ben Hogan once described as ‘ that blissful feeling that goes from your hands, up your arms, and into your heart.'”

But the new Ben Hogan irons bring a distinctive look that mid-handicap golfers should be comfortable with.

Because with the Open Cavity design, there is extreme perimeter weighting, which will create increased club head stability, and help golfers square the clubface at impact. So the newly styled face and weight distribution, will help get the ball airborne quicker from any angle of attack. But with an increased Effective Hitting Area, the EX irons will be more forgiving.

These new irons will have the Hogan Golf Companies latest proprietary V-SOLE technology. That has been engineered for the wider sole of Edge EX Irons.

Golfers can now order the new EX irons, but they will not be shipped until the end of April. But they can be exclusively purchased at BenHoganGolf.com. Prices range from the amount of clubs ordered per set, and the types of shafts you order in steel or graphite.

But free domestic shipping is available on orders of more than $750.00. For more information see BenHoganGolf.com or follow Ben Hogan Golf on all major social media outlets, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-MASTERS WEEK

MASTERS WEEK IS UPON US. So enjoy the tournament, with some thoughts along the way from us at Golfersongolf.com. But don’t forget Ziehm and Spears this Friday. The Masters artwork is by artist Linda Hartough, visit her website to purchase prints.      _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect with him on LinkedIn. In the WCPT Am 820 studios.

IT’S MASTERS WEEK and that marks the sign that spring is upon us. So let’s hope over the next week or so, that is the case.

Because everybody is ready for outdoor golf season to be upon us.

So who are you picking to win the Masters this week ?

My money, bet legally by the way in Las Vegas, is on Justin Thomas and or for Rory McIlroy to come out of his slump and finally get the career Grand Slam. But we will see, this could be the year that a first time winner of the Masters breaks through and gets their first green jacket. I just have a gut feeling, that this years winner could be a surprise. So what until the back nine on Sunday and we will see.

LEN ZIEHM and I will break it all down on Friday, during the next edition of Ziehm and Spears during our weekly podcast.

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO will return on Saturday April 17th on WCPT AM 820. But our new tee time for now is at 4 PM. So stay with us, and I will keep everyone informed if we can get back to the mornings as soon as possible.

Las Vegas National will host the Monday qualifier for the Korn Ferry Tour-on Monday April 12th.

GREAT NEWS FROM LAS VEGAS and no it’s not that the casino could be keeping my bets come Sunday night. But on Monday morning April 12th the Korn Ferry Tour will hold it’s Monday qualifier at the Las Vegas National CC. Once the tournament course for the Las Vegas Open, had it’s rough times for a while. Because other new venue’s popped up and the tournament moved on.

At one time the course almost closed it’s doors. But now this course only 10 minutes off the famed ‘strip’, and former home to historic Vegas figures like the “Rat Pack’, is back after a renovation that has the golf course looking great.  It will be interesting to see what the scores are at round’s end.

I’LL HAVE more this week. But news coming out of Pinehurst, says the plans are done for the new bar and restrooms on the Par-3 Cradle course. So stay clicked in for an update.

THE CLUBHOUSE at Fox Run in Elk Grove is taking shape. I have some new photo’s to show progress, and will post them later this week. But it will be the fall before the clubhouse opens for daily use.

RUMOR’S on the street. Could the Arlington Hts. IL. Park District be finally looking at a renovation to it’s par-3 course at Nickel Knoll (known as Walter Payton’s Hill). Look for more on that early in May.

WEDNESDAY is national walking day. The weather should be 80ish and if you golf on Wednesday, will you walk. Because maybe on Wednesday you should, even if it’s for just one day.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR NEW CLUBS. Because if so, I’ll have some news on new equipment products from Titleist, Callaway, and Ben Hogan Golf. So stay clicked in.

IN CLOSING it should be a great week for golf, with great Masters broadcasts to look forward to. Enjoy the week, and enjoy the golf. RS

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-NEWS COLUMN

THE FRENCH LICK RESORT in French Lick Indiana has opened it’s three golf courses for the 2021 golf season. Mistwood Golf Professional Nicole Jeray returns to join the field this July for the Senior LPGA Championship. But before the Senior Women tee it up, you can as well. Visit FrenchLick.com to book your play and stay. #PeteDyeCourse  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS-With Schaumburg Golf Club’s Jon Parsons. SGC is a proud sponsor of the award winning Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn.

THE GOG BLOG tips it hat or golf visor to Northbrook’s Nick Hardy, who had a final round of 60 on Sunday. While playing in the final round of the Korn Ferry Tour.

Hardy the former University of Illinois standout, moved up 42 spots on the leaderboard to finish T-17th for the week. Congrats to Nick.

But it all wasn’t Hardy from the local scene. Because on the PGA Tour, Arlington Heights native Doug Ghim who rallied on Friday at the Valero Texas Open to make the cut, had a final round 69, to move up 16 places in the field. Congrats to Doug as well.

Welcome to Pine Meadow Golf Club in Mundelein.

PINE MEADOW GOLF CLUB in Mundelein has announced it will have a PING Golf fitting day on Saturday May 8th.

The fitting hours will be from 10 Am to 2 Pm. But you do have to schedule an appointment, and appointments are limited.

So take advantage of this opportunity to hit the new PING G425 series. But don’t forget that all fitting sessions are held on the award winning, natural grass area. To schedule call (847)-566-4653 (GOLF) or go to PinemeadowGC.com.

PINE MEADOW is also holding Titleist Thursdays, starting April 22nd, through June 10th. Appointment times run from 12 Noon to 4:45 Pm, and you must have an appointment-no walk ups. call (847)-566-GOLF (4653).

CHAD JOHANSEN junior golf academy at Blackberry Oaks.

THE CHAD JOHANSEN Junior Golf academy is running out of space for this coming summer at Blackberry Oaks Golf Club in Bristol.

One of the leading junior golf programs in the area, the Chad Johansen junior golf program will be starting for the summer season, right after school lets out for the summer.

So before space in this summers program is sold out, sign up today by calling Chad at (630)-553-7170 or online at BlackberryBerryOaks.com. Blackberry Oaks is home of the Blackberry Amateur returning this June.

SAND VALLEY GOLF in Nekoosa Wisconsin is open for the season, so book your trip now, and get rooms before they sell out for the season. Rooms do sell out before tee times. So act quickly by visiting SandValley.com

Welcome to Lawsonia Links.

LAWSONIA LINKS in Green lake Wisconsin has opened for the 2021 golf season.

So why not make the drive to Wisconsin and enjoy this classic golf course, designed by William Langford, a recent addition to the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame.

It’s not often public golfers get to enjoy classic golf courses like Lawsonia. But there is a second course on site called the Woodlands Course. So for more information visit Lawsonia.com.

CHRIS CHARNAS and Links Capital Advisors has announced that Sunset Hills Golf Club in Pekin Illinois is now for sale. For more information see Links Capital Advisors or call Chris at (847)-866-7192.

SPRING GOLF SPECIALS at HUGHES CREEK in Elburn. $37 dollars for seniors 18-holes and a cart. $57 for 18 holes and riding before noon. $37 for 18-Riding for the Twilight rate after 3 Pm. Noon to 3 Pm, 18 holes riding just $49. Learn more by calling (630)-365-9200 or visit Hughescreek.com.

KENOSHA COUNTY GOLF has announced that Brighton Dale Golf Course will be hosting a series of demo days starting with Callaway Golf on April 24th. For more details see KenoshaCountyGolf.com fittings are available at the demo days for great rates.

LAB GOLF PUTTERS-Masters Edition

LAB GOLF PUTTERS one of the top custom made putters in the world, has announced a limited release of the Masters Edition putter that was first created in 2020.

But there are not many to be had. So check out this limited edition Masters style putter online at Labgolf.com.

LAB GOLF-Lie-Angle-Balance, putters get you rolling the ball to the hole.

If putting is your weakness, or even if it isn’t. To make more putts and lower your scores, check out Lab Putters. In the Chicago area visit PGA Tour Stores.

READY TO GET AWAY-How about Florida and Innisbrook, just North of Tampa in beautiful Palm Harbor.

INNISBROOK RESORT in PALM HARBOR Florida, is not only gearing up for the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship.

But springtime in Florida. So book your play and stay at Innisbrook by April 15th and you can receive up to 35% off.

So don’t forget you can play where the PGA Tour pro’s play on the resorts famed Copperhead golf course. Challenge your game in the Snake Pit (holes16-17-18) on Copperhead. But while you are there, don’t forget to enjoy the Salamander Spa, one of the most relaxing places in Florida.

RIGHT NOW to see more about Innisbrook watch the video on You-Tube by Dave Lockhart of Golf360 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tuyi2vcloOU Dave also has more golf features on tube. So visit Golf360.com to learn more on golf at Innisbrook and in Florida.

GOLF PASS continues to turn out instruction video’s with some of the top professionals in the game. So are you looking to hit further, who isn’t. The last chapter in the series some of the longest hitters in golf, including U.S. Open Champion Bryson Dechambeau. Learn more at GolfPass.com.

NORTHWESTERN JUNIOR Kelly Sim has been named the B1G Ten’s Women’s Golfer of the Week. Because Kim won the PING/ASU (Arizona State University) Invitational. Sim shot 5 under par for the 54 hole event at the Papago Golf Club.

DALLAS BASED TOPGOLF is giving one lucky winner a chance to win FREE Topgolf for 1 year, in what Topgolf is calling is MajorBaller Sweepstakes. Text “Baller” to 68633 or learn more at Topgolf.com/winayear.

SHOTSCOPE spent March 29th tracking golf shots played in England. Because golf returned and golfers came out in large numbers to play. In fact almost 4,800 rounds were played that day, by far surpassing the old record. learn more at Shotscope.com. Check out this GPS Watch.

CLUB CHAMPION’s main store in Willowbrook Illinois.

CLUB CHAMPION a national leader in golf club fitting, is growing yet again.

So now Club Championship is giving golfers more locations to get fit. More locations than any other fitting company.

Because golfers can now get fit in Williamsville NY., Myrtle Beach SC., and in Tucson AZ. bringing the total of Club Champion locations to 82 stores.

More companies, more club and club options that anywhere else. For details please see Clubchampiongolf.com.

THE LPGA AND THE 2021 SOLHEIM CUP from the Inverness Country Club in Toledo Ohio (August 31-Spetember 6), has announced that recording star Gwen Stefani will perform at the opening ceremonies. Tickets now available at LPGA.com.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 7th is NATIONAL WALKING DAY and NATIONAL BEER DAY. Bag Boy a maker of golf push carts, is celebration the day. So see more Bagboy.com. BUT it’s also national beer day. So say the folks at the Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook. Over 30 beers to pick from. So enjoy National Beer day in McWethy’s Sports Bar on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook (630)-739-7600.

THE BARTLETT ILLINOIS based PR Firm of THE MEDIA GROUP INC. has been retained by the Altwell Company in Benicia California, to help show case it’s line CBD Products. So to learn more about Altwell CBD products, visit Altwell.com.

Welcome to Myrtle Beach South Carolina.

THE 38th ANNUAL WORLD AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP returns this August 30-September 3 in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.

But there is better news. Because the Worlds Largest 19th hole, that did not happen last year (pandemic) is back for 2021. So get your vaccine shots and sign up starting Wednesday April 7th for this really fun golf event.

The MB World Amateur is held on 55 of the best golf courses in Myrtle Beach. But sign up now and save $120.00 if you register by June 3. Fee is $559.00 and includes at least 4 rounds of golf, nightly admission to the 19th hole and a gift bag. So don’t miss out on this years event, register at MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com today.

CABOT LINKS of St. Lucia has sold-out it’s first phase of Fairway Villa’s. But there is good news. Because Phase 2 sales are now underway. So don’t miss out this time around. Inquiries at Realestate@cabotlinks.com.

THE ZERO FRICTION XTREME GOLF GLOVE.

ZREO FRICTION based in Oak Brook Terrace IL. has released it’s Xtreme Golf Glove.

Because this new model adds more than even previous models of Zero Friction Gloves.

“Our new Xtreme gloves feature color with an edge,” said Zero Friction Founder John Iacono. “These gloves are crafted with 100% Cabretta leather and reinforced Lycra throughout the fingers, back of the hand, and palm for maximum durability and breathability. This Xtreme series is an exciting new addition to our product portfolio with six dynamic color options now available.” So you can now learn more at ZeroFriction.com or by calling (630)-317-7700.

BETTINARDI PUTTERS have released  the Spring-Hive. putters products and more. So visit Bettinardi.com.

See more product photo’s from todays column on Facebook-page, or the Twitter page of GogBlogGuy Rory Spears. So stay clicked in, the Gog Blog returns all week.

PINEHURST 2-THEN WHAT DO I PLAY NEXT

 

STREAMSONG RED 16 Streamsong Resort in Central Florida Streamsongresort.com.  THE MANOR INN has reopened in Pinehurst and is part of the Pinehurst Resort. The newly remodeled Manor Inn, has mixed the present in with the history of the building. So for more details on staying at the historic Manor Inn-please go visit Pinehurst.com    ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect with him on LinkedIn. On the 7th hole of Pinehurst Course #6, where I made an ace in 2005.

ONE OF THE most frequently asked questions in golf.

I’m headed to Pinehurst, and I want to play Pinehurst #2. But then what ?

Because the resort now has 10 courses and I’m not sure which other ones I should hit while I’m there for a couple of days.

Yes after #2-Then What ?

As someone who has played all 10 of the Pinehurst Resort courses, let me shed some light on how to approach making a schedule of what to play and when.

Pinehurst 2 the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur course, perhaps some say the best work ever by Donald Ross.

The 18th green on Pinehurst #2, the biggest must play in Pinehurst.

Because as you might guess there is plenty of demand to play #2. So when you book your trip to Pinehurst, do it early enough so you can play #2.

But to really enjoy the course, it’s best played with a caddie. So take one. Just walking these fairways without having to carry the load of your clubs, makes the round even that much more enjoyable. But a piece of advice. Try not to book #2 on the first day there, or the last day there in case weather becomes an issue. No reason to get washed out on your last day, and end up missing #2.

The Gil Hanse par 3 designed course ‘The Cradle’ is a must play while in Pinehurst. Pictured the 9th and final hole.

But speaking of fun. The Par-3 course ‘The Cradle’ by Gil Hanse should be your second choice.

9-holes why can be played quickly, if the course is not crowded. And kind of quickly even if it is crowded.

But even better news, is that for those golfers who wish to do a few laps around the Cradle. A halfway house with bathrooms will be coming soon.

Think of it this way. You could make a hole-in-one on every hole, always a good thing. So yes ‘The Cradle’ should be second on your must play list. Plus you can play it before or after another fully scheduled 18 hole round.

RIGHT THERE at the main clubhouse is the recently renovated by Gil Hanse, is Course #4, that should be on everyone’s list. I would recommend a caddie here as well.

THE NEW 11TH HOLE on Pinehurst #4.

Because the newly redone Course #4 is the best it’s ever been.

I played the course under three different looks, between renovations from Tom Fazio and Hanse. But you can’t beat the redesign that Hanse did.

It just says Pinehurst when you get on the first tee box.

While the first hole on #4 is a good opening hole, the second hole is even better. Plus it gives the golfer a feel of what to expect the rest of the way.

Course #4 was used during the U.S. Amateur in 2019, it is a championship venue and it plays like one. Have fun and do book course #4 as your second 18 hole choice.

FROM THERE the next round is a toss up. Because you can’t lose by playing either course #8 or #9. But both courses do require a short drive off the resorts main campus. If you have you car, they are easy to get to. But if you don’t, then take the Pinehurst shuttle from which ever resort hotel your staying at. Both trips are less than 10 minutes. One note here, is that Course #8 will be closed in the summer of 2022 for upgrades.

Welcome to Pinehurst #8 the Centennial Course (L)-Pinehurst National Course #9 (R)

Pinehurst #6 is a great golf course.

So next on my list is Pinehurst #6, which is another course that’s a few minutes off the main Pinehurst campus.

I have to admit here I am a bit partial to this golf course. Because back in 2005 I made my only hole-in-one on the 7th hole of Course #6.

172 yards with a 6-iron is something I won’t forget. Thanks to the Pinehurst Resort, I have the pin flag off the stick that day, along with the Pinehurst Hole-In-One bag tag and a certificate. All now under glass in my home. But Course 6 is a fun golf course. It’s not over bearing, and while there is sand, not as much as some of the other Pinehurst courses. Plus who knows maybe you will make a hole-in-one here too. Then you can enjoy the post round with some food and drink outside under the new dining pavilion next to clubhouse.

The new 18th hole on Pinehurst 3.

Courses 1,3 and 5 are all fun golf courses, they are not long in terms of yardage.

But on some days these courses are reserved for Pinehurst Resort members only, not available to resort guests.

Courses 1 & 3 and 5 have had some recent work done on them to make way for the Cradle Course.

Courses 1 & 3 are original Donald Ross golf courses. So they are historical courses, for those of you who enjoy playing these types of courses. My choices in order would be Course 1- Course 3 and then Course 5, and that’s basically because playing an original Ross design scores well in my book. But I did have a great time playing Course #5 in January of 2020.

FINALLY IS COURSE #7, which is not a bad course, but some some reason I have not played well there. The design leaves the course with plenty of ‘V’ shaped holes. The elevated tee boxes should add to your drive, but many of the approach shots are uphill. ‘Hint’ play more club on your approach shot. One of the fun holes on the golf course is the island green-par 3 #16. When I say island green, if your thinking water carry-your wrong. But it’s Pinehurst, that means the island green is surrounded by sand. But it’s still fun, and if you miss the green, bring your sand wedge, not your ball retriever.

Good news, recently added drainage will help the lower landing area’s that stay damp after heavy rains. So #7 will be on my hit list the next time back in Pinehurst.

I like the idea of playing Course #3 and the Cradle on your first day. If you can’t get on Course #3, try for #6, followed by #4 then #2, wrapping up with #8 or #9, or both if your time permits. One thing you should do, is get to Pinehurst when you travel golf re-starts. For more information visit Pinehurst.com. It’s always a beautiful day in Pinehurst.